Sen. McConnell speaks about his conversation with President Trump on COVID-19 diagnosis

Posted at 10:33 PM, Oct 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-02 23:20:25-04

GEORGETOWN, Ky. (LEX 18) — In Georgetown Friday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell spoke about the phone conversation he had with President Donald Trump after learning of his COVID-19 diagnosis.

Senator McConnell visited Georgetown Community Hospital Friday to discuss the federal CARES Act funding that has gone to Kentucky healthcare facilities.

But he made sure to share some details from his Friday morning conversation with President Trump, where Senator McConnell said he wished the president well.

"He was in good spirits but obviously, as you can imagine, not happy to be cooped up in the White House for a while," McConnell said.

The pair also discussed business during the phone call, McConnell said.

The Senate Majority Leader answered questions about the president's health about an hour before it was reported that President Trump would go to Walter Reed Medical Center.

"I think I'm doing very well, but we're going to make sure that things work out," President Trump said in a video posted to his Twitter account Friday evening.

Senator McConnell declined to say the last time he'd been tested for coronavirus but said he had not had close contact with anyone who has recently tested positive for the virus.

Senate Democratic Leaders have called for a delay of confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett to allow lawmakers who may have been exposed to the virus to be tested.

McConnell said Friday he expects the senate to continue operating as usual.

"We've been operating in the same environment now since the first of May and been able to do senate business. There's no reason why we can't continue to do that," he said.